Know anyone who has lost or is losing a tooth? Bridge of Seven Stones is my family’s take on the tooth fairy story.
A child leaves the safety of the Garden of the Morning and begins exploring the Gardens of Growing Up.
The Bridge of Seven Stones is a story about losing teeth, and growing up. An alternative to the Tooth Fairy story, it recognizes the losses of familiar ways and things, and shows how each new stage leads to new and wonderful discoveries.
This book was designed not only to be read, at least not aloud as a bedtime story, although it could be. It was designed to give parents an idea, an alternative to the tooth-fairy story, a way to celebrate the loss of a baby tooth and to prepare the child for the transitions that come with growing up. This story can be acted out, to help a child proclaim:
“I’m not a baby anymore.”
I had a small Christmas Bazaar at the local Masonic Hall a week or so ago. One of the helper girls, maybe 13 or 15 (it’s hard for me to tell now that my own kids are grown up) kept coming back and looking at Fairies and Fireflies, and finally bought it. Everytime I saw her that she wasn’t working, she was reading it. Finally, just before closing, she came back with more money to buy Dragons and Dreams. I told her I was really glad she was enjoying my books. She said “I never read” and went skipping happily off with her new books. When I offered to sign them for her, she just glowed.
What was even nicer was when her mother found me the following Saturday at another small bazaar in the same town, and purchased my other books for her daughter.
It’s for reasons like that that I do even the small festivals and bazaars. That kind of feedback is gold. If I hadn’t sold anything else (and, given the size of the bazaar, we did pretty well – better than I anticipated), the whole day would have been worth it just for that one girl.
I’ll be at the Brighton Public Library December 7 from 2-4, possibly doing a reading.
I’ll also have a new book there, Bridge of Seven Stones. It’s my family’s take on the Tooth Fairy story, with some odd twists.
As soon as I have a 2015 schedule set (maybe mid-December), I’ll post it.
Have happy holidays!